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Hourou Musuko

Hourou Musuko

Alternative Titles

English: Wandering Son
Synonyms: The Transient Son
Japanese: 放浪息子


Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 14, 2011 to Apr 1, 2011
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.801 (scored by 15070 users)
Ranked: #8322
Popularity: #956
Members: 37,155
Favorites: 303
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The story depicts a young male, Shuuichi Nitori, who wants to be a girl, and his friend Yoshino Takatsuki, a female who wants to be a boy. The series deals with issues such as transsexualism, gender identity, and the beginning of puberty.

Please note that this series was 11 episodes when aired on TV but 12 episodes when it was released on BD & DVD. See more info for further details.

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Related Anime

Adaptation: Hourou Musuko
Other: Hourou Musuko Specials

Characters & Voice Actors

Chiba, Saori
Chiba, Saori
Nanri, Yuuka
Nanri, Yuuka
Nitori, Shuuichi
Nitori, Shuuichi
Hatakeyama, Kousuke
Hatakeyama, Kousuke
Takatsuki, Yoshino
Takatsuki, Yoshino
Seto, Asami
Seto, Asami
Fujiwara, Keiji
Fujiwara, Keiji


Kimura, Makoto
Aoki, Ei
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Ishiguro, Kyohei
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Jan 9, 2014
"Roses are red, Violets are blue." The phrase is used as the subtitle of the first episode and sums up the conflict of the entire series.

One of the main ways we learn about the world is by being told. Told by those which we accept as our elders, an authority on the subject perhaps. They tell us how we should act, how we should be. They tell us what normal is, what's acceptable, and what is not. Roses are red, and violets are blue, boys are supposed to be one way and girls another. Anything that strays from those guidelines and doesn't fit into the read more
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Mar 4, 2015
Hourou Musuko's subject matter is rarely dealt with in anime: it explores the issues of gender identity and societal perception of gender roles through the lens of 5th graders, a particular age where puberty is becoming a thing, and clueless kids are changing into romantically involved teenagers. It's a time when kids become more aware of their surroundings, more conscious of their changing feelings; it's the perfect stage to explore how one may feel being an LGBT (lesbian-gay-bi-trans).

Needless to say, this subject is particularly sensitive given modern society's ambivalence towards LGBT, and anime typically dodges the bullet by giving LGBT characters ridiculously comedic roles read more
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Feb 19, 2012
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that a poorly researched work on a touchy subject can frustrate people off. The anime medium is infamous for blatantly using offensive stereotypes; One Piece is one of the weirdest examples out there for attacking racism and then, using racial stereotypes.

Then, there’s the animes that deal with the LGBT community.

Stereotyped as flamboyant creatures, the LGBT community suffers through insulting stereotypes and invectives. One of the least prominent group of the LGBT body is transgender community; there is so little focus on them. As far as most ignorant people are concerned, they are crossdressers. Nothing more.

Hourou Musuko, or Wandering read more
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Nov 24, 2013
“What are little boys made of? Frogs and snails, and puppy dogs’ tails. That’s what little boys are made of.”

The third movement of Debussy’s Bergasmasque Suite plays softly in the background as a strong gust blows hundreds of cherry blossoms in the night sky. It’s a fitting piece not only for setting such a tranquil mood, but also referencing Paul Verdaine’s poem, Clair de Lune, whose first stanza is a decently fitting representation of what may be one of the most beautifully written slice of life anime out there.

“Your soul is a chosen landscape
Where charming masqueraders and bergamaskers go
Playing the lute and dancing and read more
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Slow pacing, bittersweet emotions and light, pleasant animation. If you liked one, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy the other as well.  
Both are anime about childhood friends in the same school. They have similar art too.  
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Same atmosphere and animation style. Both series deals with dramatic circumstances in life. 
Both of the series have an understated, muted art style, although Hourou Musuko animation is superior. (This is unsurprising considering Koi Kaze was released in 2004.)

The real similarity doesn't lie in the similar art style though. No, instead both series grapple with difficult societal concepts in a mature way without resorting to tasteless humour of it, although the incest in Koi Kaze is 'more taboo' than the gender difficulties in Hourou Musuko.

If you like one, you'll likely like the other. 
Similiar art style. Deep relationships.  
They both have unrequited love in it and that sweet feeling of reality :) Although one is about music and finding friends and love and the other is about gender problems and accepting yourself, they have that something that makes them similar. 

Opening Theme

"Itsudatte" by Daisuke (eps 1-10)

Ending Theme

#1: "For You" by Rie Fu
#2: "Itsudatte" by Daisuke (ep 11)

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